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HP Quietly Drops Price Of Pre 3 To £69

HP has quietly reduced the price of the now-defunct Pre 3 smartphone to a mere £69, more than the £49 we were expecting it to sell for but much less than the £300 or so retailers were set to charge us.

The product page of the Pre 3, which can be found here (opens in new tab), doesn't appear to have been updated since HP fatefully decided to end the (rather short) run of the WebOS-based smartphone (ed: they've removed the pricing altogether now).

UK retailers - bitten by a traumatic TouchPad experience - have been very reluctant to cut the price of the smartphone, preferring instead to sell it for far more than the suggested retail price in a bid to cash in on HP's desire to exit the mobile market altogether.

While there are plenty of HP Pre 2 handsets being stocked (with the cheapest costing around £150), we have yet to trace any online retailers stocking the latest iteration.

The device comes with a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655T clocked at 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a 3.56-inch touchscreen with a WVGA resolution, a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard, dual-mic noise cancellation, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AGPS, a five-megapixel AF camera, front VGA, all covered by a two year warranty.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.